Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola denies Yaya Toure claims

Man City boss Pep Guardiola speaks out on Yaya Toure racism allegations

The Catalan coach has defended himself against Toure’s claims

"He knows I'm not", insisted Guardiola when asked about Toure's previous claims the Spaniard "has problems with Africans".

Guardiola initially refused to say anything when quizzed about the interview by Spanish reporters, but in an interview with TV3 has made his first comments on the allegations.

The storm was unlikely to clear without a response from the City manager and, speaking in Spain, he has denied there is any truth in the suggestion he is racist or treated Toure badly.

The manager has worked with Toure for many years throughout their respective careers, and each has enjoyed prosperous moments during their time together.

"We have been together during two years". (He had) 365 and 365 (days) to tell me (his feelings).

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Should he fulfil those new terms, it will see him complete five years at the Etihad Stadium, one more year than he spent in charge of Barcelona. I don't know why but I have the impression that he was jealous, he took me for a rival. I had the time of my life there.

"I$3 was at a fantastic age in which I was taking on the world and we took it on, with some incredible players, a young president (Laporta), Txiki". It was a generation of brutal players and the best player in the world [Lionel Messi].

Guardiola also ruled out running for the presidency at the Catalan club one day, something Gerard Pique's said he would like to do.

"I even asked coaches for my stats".

"I think a player like Yaya would be good for a club like Arsenal, Chelsea, Man Utd, Tottenham or Liverpool".

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